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DigiEcoQuarry | Innovative Digital Sustainable Aggregates Systems2021-10-07T15:40:01+02:00

The future of quarries

A significant breakthrough in process digitalisation and automation
capabilities for the aggregates sector.

What is DEQ?

Currently, quarries are missing the great opportunities of digitalisation. In fact, they use ≤1% of the data produced. Here, the biggest challenge is to connect all the quarry processes and integrate their management in real-time, to improve and optimise their operating regime.

DIGIECOQUARRY’s ambition is to tap the full potential of “Digital Quarries” through a significant breakthrough in process digitalisation and automation capabilities for the aggregates sector.

Objectives

DIGIECOQUARRY aims to design, develop and validate in 5 pilot environments an Innovative Quarrying System (IQS) comprising sensors, processes, tools and methods for data capture, processing and sharing to provide integrated digitalised, automatic and real-time process control for aggregates quarries. This will translate into:

Health & Safety and Security

Improved H&S and Security conditions for workers, avoiding their exposure to dangerous operations through automated and controlled processes.

Efficiency, Selectivity and Profitability

Improved Selectivity and Efficiency of the aggregates extractive sites, thus increasing the profitability of the quarrying processes, ensuring long-term operational sustainability and viability

Environmental Impact

Maximised Sustainability and Resource Efficiency in the quarry operations by reducing emissions, improving the management of water and fostering a sustainable supply of RM to feed new and existing value chains closing minerals loops and ensuring a long-lasting production.

Social Acceptance

Improved social acceptance through the communication with policy makers, citizens and relevant actors to get them involved in the value chain.

DIGIECOQUARRY will seek for international cooperation within the EU but also beyond, to share knowledge and best practices and improve the general perception of the quarrying industry. The novel system will be piloted in 5 EU quarries with different characteristics to demonstrate ensure representative and transferable results, with a market-oriented approach.

As a result, the project will generate positive Environmental, Social, H&S and Economic impacts related to quarries, contributing to expand and strengthen the EU aggregates industry

Fact Sheets

DIGIECOQUARRY will seek for international cooperation within the EU but also beyond, to share knowledge and best practices and improve the general perception of the quarrying industry. The novel system will be piloted in 5 EU quarries with different characteristics to demonstrate ensure representative and transferable results, with a market-oriented approach.

As a result, the project will generate positive Environmental, Social, H&S and Economic impacts related to quarries, contributing to expand and strengthen the EU aggregates industry

Fact Sheets

Concept

DIGIECOQUARRY addresses the quarry as a whole (from small up to multi-site quarries), comprising 8 processes:

This figure shows the overall collaboration logics between partners and the performance of data collection throughout the quarrying operation.

The network of IoT sensors gathers data about the machines, the materials, the environment and other important parameters on the field. Sensors’data is collected by on-the-field sub-platforms and a cloud-based main platform: the IoT smart mining platform. This interoperability platform provides the necessary interfaces to accommodate heterogenous data and offers data storage capacity (data lake) for each site. As such, the main platform enables standardised exchanges of all relevant data with the BIM and sub-platforms (the latter being implemented as a data warehouse including the AI processes and algorithms).

These sensors, sub-platforms, IOT smart platform, BIM models, AI components and services comprise the Intelligent Quarrying System (IQS).

The IQS will thus ensure that all the quarry management is optimised from a global and holistic perspective in quasi real-time, defining priorities between process interaction, leading to a decision-making support framework.

This ensures a market potential and a competitive advantage that will be gained through the pilot sites, leading to a business case which can be implemented and replicated across the EU and worldwide in the coming years.

DIGIECOQUARRY addresses the quarry as a whole
(from small up to multi-site quarries), comprising 8 processes:

  1. Site preparation: General Information and characterisation of the rock mass.
  2. Extraction: clean and safe solutions for the extraction of aggregates via drilling and blasting.
  3. Loading and internal transport: safe loading and transportation processes within the quarry.
  4. Treatment processing plant: efficient, automatic and flexible methodologies to recover aggregates, increasing the range and yields of recovered materials, while reducing environmental footprint.
  5. Storage: both between the quarry and the treatment plant and after the treatment process.
  6. External transport: optimised transportation routes outside the quarry.
  7. Rehabilitation: minimisation of environmental impacts in quarry restoration in terms of efficient management of internal transport from the extraction site and treatment plant to the restoration area.
  8. Business management: looking for optimised process control integrating large amounts of data.

Concept

DIGIECOQUARRY addresses the quarry as a whole (from small up to multi-site quarries), comprising 8 processes:

This figure shows the overall collaboration logics between partners and the performance of data collection throughout the quarrying operation.

The network of IoT sensors gathers data about the machines, the materials, the environment and other important parameters on the field. Sensors’data is collected by on-the-field sub-platforms and a cloud-based main platform: the IoT smart mining platform. This interoperability platform provides the necessary interfaces to accommodate heterogenous data and offers data storage capacity (data lake) for each site. As such, the main platform enables standardised exchanges of all relevant data with the BIM and sub-platforms (the latter being implemented as a data warehouse including the AI processes and algorithms).

These sensors, sub-platforms, IOT smart platform, BIM models, AI components and services comprise the Intelligent Quarrying System (IQS) (details in section [3] System architecture).

The IQS will thus ensure that all the quarry management is optimised from a global and holistic perspective in quasi real-time, defining priorities between process interaction, leading to a decision-making support framework.

This ensures a market potential and a competitive advantage that will be gained through the pilot sites, leading to a business case which can be implemented and replicated across the EU and worldwide in the coming years.

DIGIECOQUARRY addresses the quarry as a whole
(from small up to multi-site quarries), comprising 8 processes:

  1. Site preparation: General Information and characterisation of the rock mass.
  2. Extraction: clean and safe solutions for the extraction of aggregates via drilling and blasting.
  3. Loading and internal transport: safe loading and transportation processes within the quarry.
  4. Treatment processing plant: efficient, automatic and flexible methodologies to recover aggregates, increasing the range and yields of recovered materials, while reducing environmental footprint.
  5. Storage: both between the quarry and the treatment plant and after the treatment process.
  6. External transport: optimised transportation routes outside the quarry.
  7. Rehabilitation: minimisation of environmental impacts in quarry restoration in terms of efficient management of internal transport from the extraction site and treatment plant to the restoration area.
  8. Business management: looking for optimised process control integrating large amounts of data.
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DigiEcoQuarry’s Consortium

DIGIECOQUARRY multidisciplinary and experienced consortium has been designed covering the whole value chain of the quarrying industry (including quarry managers, extraction methods experts, providers of quarrying assets), and innovative technology’s experts capable to add great value to the mining and quarrying sector bringing it to the forefront of the innovation, such as ICT, BIM and AI experts, smart sensing technology developers, academia) as well as other relevant stakeholders such as international associations, specialists in social innovation and policy makers capable to maximise the project impact and ensure the acceptance of DIGIECOQUARRY solutions by the market.

It is composed of 25 organisations from 8 different EU countries: 9 from Spain, 4 from Germany, 2 from France, 2 from Italy, 2 from Finland, 2 from Sweden, 1 from Austria, 1from Portugal and 2 international partners (from Colombia and from South Africa), bringing together the necessary profiles, and critical mass in terms of expertise and resources to ensure the achievement of the project goals and impacts.

DigiEcoQuarry’s Consortium

DIGIECOQUARRY multidisciplinary and experienced consortium has been designed covering the whole value chain of the quarrying industry (including quarry managers, extraction methods experts, providers of quarrying assets), and innovative technology’s experts capable to add great value to the mining and quarrying sector bringing it to the forefront of the innovation, such as ICT, BIM and AI experts, smart sensing technology developers, academia) as well as other relevant stakeholders such as international associations, specialists in social innovation and policy makers capable to maximise the project impact and ensure the acceptance of DIGIECOQUARRY solutions by the market.

It is composed of 25 organisations from 8 different EU countries: 9 from Spain, 4 from Germany, 2 from France, 2 from Italy, 2 from Finland, 2 from Sweden, 1 from Austria, 1from Portugal and 2 international partners (from Colombia and from South Africa), bringing together the necessary profiles, and critical mass in terms of expertise and resources to ensure the achievement of the project goals and impacts.

Partners

ASOCIACIÓN NACIONAL DE EMPRESARIOS FABRICANTES DE ÁRIDOS

GRANULATS VICAT

HANSON HISPANIA

HOLCIM AGGREGATI CALCESTRUZZI

CRONENBERGER STEININDUSTRIE FRANZ TRICHES

AGREPOR AGREGADOS – EXTRACÇÃO DE INERTES

SANDVIK MINING AND ROCK TECHNOLOGY

METSO:OUTOTEC

MAXAMCORP INTERNATIONAL

ITK ENGINEERING GMBH

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

AKKA HIGH TECH

ARCO ELECTRÓNICA

MA-ESTRO

DOHMEN, HERZOG & PARTNER

abaut

APP CONSULTORIA DE GESTIÓN DE PROYECTOS

SIGMA TECHNOLOGIES

DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DE MINERÍA Y ENERGÍA DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS

ASOCIACIÓN COLOMBIANA DE PRODUCTORES DE AGREGADOS PÉTREOS

MINTEK

ZABALA INNOVATION CONSULTING

ROCTIM -AB

DIGIECOQUARRY consortium will combine the latest researched and advanced technologies applied to quarry operation together with the integration of selected innovative digital solutions to boost the capacity of the aggregates industry, to meet the 4 main challenges identified and the targets of the EIP on RM and to become leaders in environmental protection, health and safety preservation.

DIGIECOQUARRY consortium will combine the latest researched and advanced technologies applied to quarry operation together with the integration of selected innovative digital solutions to boost the capacity of the aggregates industry, to meet the 4 main challenges identified and the targets of the EIP on RM and to become leaders in environmental protection, health and safety preservation.

Coordination Team

DIGIECOQUARRY’s partners have been carefully selected due to their expertise. The consortium and management structure will promote an optimal use of the knowledge, experience and expertise of the partners in fulfilling objectives, while providing effective project monitoring and control. All partners assume full technical and financial responsibility, which involves the appointment of a Project Coordinator (PC) and the following management bodies:

César Luaces Frades
César Luaces Frades
PhD. Mining Engineer

Director General of ANEFA

Paulo Romero Martínez
Paulo Romero Martínez
Mining Engineer
Project Department of ANEFA
Lorena Viladés Santos
Lorena Viladés Santos
Mining Engineer
Project Department of ANEFA

Violeta Vázquez González
Violeta Vázquez González

PhD in Organic Chemistry
R&D and Innovation Consultant of Zabala

International Advisory Board (IAB)

The project has an International Advisory Board (IAB) composed by relevant stakeholders of the aggregates value chain to provide external input, advice and feedback when the project is experiencing difficulties during its execution.

Networking

Organisations supporting DIGIECOQUARRY:

Accademia

AGH University of Science and Technology – Mining and Geoengineering Faculty (Poland)

Environmental Network

European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining
(EU-Brussels)

Entrepreneurs Organisation

Associaçao Nacional da Industria Extractiva e Transformadora (ANIET) (Portugal)

Associazione Nazionale Estrattori Produttori Lapidei ed Affini – ANEPLA (Italy)

Committee for European Construction Equipment – CECE (EU-Brussels)

Confederación Española de Asociaciones de Fabricantes de Productos de Construcción – CEPCO (Spain)

Confederación Española de Industrias Extractivas de Rocas y Minerales Industriales – COMINROC (Spain)

Confederación Española de las Industrias de las Materias Primas Minerales – PRIMIGEA (Spain)

Confederación Nacional de Empresarios de la Minería y Metalurgia – CONFEDEM (Spain)

EuroGypsum (EU-Brussels)

European Asphalt Pavement Association – EAPA (EU-Brussels)

European Cement Association – CEMBUREAU (EU-Brussels)

Fachverband der Stein- und keramischen Industrie Österreich – FVSK (Austria)

Federación Iberoamericana de Productores de Áridos (FIPA) (Ibero-América)

Gremi d’Àrids de Catalunya (Spain)

Spanish Aggregates Federation – FdA (Spain)

Union Nationale des Producteurs de Granulats – UNPG (France)

Environmental NGO

BIRDLIFE International (EU-Brussels)

Fundación Tormes – E.B. (Spain)

Policy Maker

Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas de la Comunidad de Madrid (Spain)

European Environment Agency (EU-Denmark)

Instituto Geológico y Minero de España – IGME (Spain)

Ministry of Mines and Energy (Colombia)

Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (Spain)

Technological Centre

Centro Tecnológico del Mármol, Piedra y Materiales (Spain)

Laboratorio Oficial Madariaga – LOM (Spain)

Networking

Organisations supporting DIGIECOQUARRY:

Accademia

AGH University of Science and Technology – Mining and Geoengineering Faculty (Poland)

Environmental Network

European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining
(EU-Brussels)

Entrepreneurs Organisation

Associaçao Nacional da Industria Extractiva e Transformadora (ANIET) (Portugal)

Associazione Nazionale Estrattori Produttori Lapidei ed Affini – ANEPLA (Italy)

Committee for European Construction Equipment – CECE (EU-Brussels)

Confederación Española de Asociaciones de Fabricantes de Productos de Construcción – CEPCO (Spain)

Confederación Española de Industrias Extractivas de Rocas y Minerales Industriales – COMINROC (Spain)

Confederación Española de las Industrias de las Materias Primas Minerales – PRIMIGEA (Spain)

Confederación Nacional de Empresarios de la Minería y Metalurgia – CONFEDEM (Spain)

EuroGypsum (EU-Brussels)

European Asphalt Pavement Association – EAPA (EU-Brussels)

European Cement Association – CEMBUREAU (EU-Brussels)

Fachverband der Stein- und keramischen Industrie Österreich – FVSK (Austria)

Federación Iberoamericana de Productores de Áridos (FIPA) (Ibero-América)

Gremi d’Àrids de Catalunya (Spain)

Spanish Aggregates Federation – FdA (Spain)

Union Nationale des Producteurs de Granulats – UNPG (France)

Environmental NGO

BIRDLIFE International (EU-Brussels)

Fundación Tormes – E.B. (Spain)

Policy Maker

Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas de la Comunidad de Madrid (Spain)

European Environment Agency (EU-Denmark)

Instituto Geológico y Minero de España – IGME (Spain)

Ministry of Mines and Energy (Colombia)

Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (Spain)

Technological Centre

Centro Tecnológico del Mármol, Piedra y Materiales (Spain)

Laboratorio Oficial Madariaga – LOM (Spain)

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